The set of the interviews’ abstracts can be a useful way to decide “at a glance” what interviews might be of interest for your teaching activity.

I_01 Sustainable development: Claudia Sorlini (Italy), University of Milan

The various elements related to the sustainable development are examined: the technical, the cultural, the socio-political and the economic one. The food production chain must respect the balance of nature. It is necessary to transform the research and experimentation results in effective economic solutions. In addition, it is good to educate the consumers to read carefully the labels and to choose the best products according to the nutritional profile.


I_02 Nutrition: Marisa Porrini (Italy), University of Milan

The problem of nutrition  in the world, what an inadequate nutrition entails, where and how to intervene to improve it. The liability and the actions of industry and educational agencies.


I_03 Biodiversity: Stefano Bocchi (Italy), University of Milan

What biodiversity is, why it is important to protect it and how you can do it. The important role of the consumer and education in the school to ensure a positive future for the planet.


I_04 Sustainable nutrition: Dorothy Klimis-Zacas (USA), University of Maine

What a sustainable diet is: advantages and benefits for the body and medically. You can be on a good diet without losing the pleasure of eating. The importance of an educational action in schools is stressed.


I_05 Food systems (and Maine): Mark Lapping (USA), University of Southern Maine (USM), Portland

A food system is complex: it starts from the agriculture, it passes through processing and distribution, it arrives on our plate and generates waste. There are global issues and local problems. The food system in Maine is used as an illustrative example


I_06 Food: biodiversity, sustainability and tradition: Antonia Trichopoulou (Greece); University of Athens

A healthy diet: biodiversity and sustainability. You should eat local products, cultivated in your area, thus reducing the energy consumption for the packaging, the storage and the transport. The role of consumers and processing industries of food. The importance of educational actions in school.


I_07 Geography and Expo Milano 2015: Carlo Brusa (Italy), Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

The modern geography plays a central role in explaining many of the problems faced by Expo Milano 2015. The geography studies the complex relation between various factors such as the natural environment, the type of agriculture in a certain area, the economic development and its major imbalances in the world, the transportations, the international trades, the consumptions, the population distribution and mobility and so on.


I_08 Apulia: an Italian region and Expo Milano 2015: Arcangela Gabriella Giorgio (Italy), University of Bari

The agriculture of Apulia, the typicality and the richness of its agricultural products. The economic structure of the food distribution chain (consisting mainly of small and medium-sized enterprises) with limited capacity of processing and distribution on large national and international markets.


I_09 Agriculture: present and future perspectives: Pasquale Gervasini (Italy), Confagricoltura

Confagricultura is the association of the Italian companies that base their economic activity on the use of the land. The agriculture is increasingly important in the economy of every country: therefore it is necessary to modernize it by addressing the social and scientific innovations with an open mind.


I_10 Lombardy: an Italian region and Expo Milano 2015: Umberto Bertolasi (Italy), Confagricoltura

Lombardy, known for its industrial production and the fashion of Milan, is one of the regions with the greatest agricultural production in Italy. Its various areas and the main compartments are examined. The production must take account of the changing needs of consumers. Through the point of view of the entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector, controversial topics are analyzed, such as the relations between agriculture and large-scale distribution, biodiversity, sustainability, pollution and genetic research.


I_11 Expo Milano 2015 and Geography: Colin Sage (Ireland), University College of Cork

Geography is a key discipline for Expo Milano 2015. Some themes: the relation between man and environment in connection with the food production; the importance of the preservation of natural areas and their rich biodiversity; the difficulty in combining agriculture, biodiversity and production. It is necessary to develop greater environmental awareness by consumers and educate the younger generation to respect the planet.


I_12 “Coffee” (a cluster at Expo Milano 2015): Chiara Mauri (Italy), Bocconi University of Milan

The production chain of coffee is a typical example of globalization in the agricultural and food sector. The socio-economic aspects that make possible that a coffee bean, grown in a distant country, turns into a beverage consumed in the coffee bars from all over the world, are many and interesting.


I_13 The agrarian landscape – the rice: Dino Gavinelli (Italy), University of Milan

The landscape in the world is largely “man-made”, i.e. modified by the human action. A landscape can be “read” in a historical sense: what ages have determined which changes. Rice is one of the three cereals (with wheat and corn) that are the basis of the nutrition of the world’s population; the production and the chain of rice are emblematic of the modern agriculture.


I_14 Paediatrics and Expo Milano 2015: Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti (Italy), University of Milan

The themes of Expo Milano 2015 involve pediatrics (in a world scenario) for two opposite reasons: malnutrition and under-nutrition of children on the one hand, overweight and obesity on the other. The main causes are examined and the importance of the collaboration between the world of schools, of families and pediatrics is underlined.


I_15 “Islands, sea and food” (a cluster at Expo Milano 2015): Vincenzo Russo (Italy), IULM of Milan

The “cluster” of Expo Milano 2015 involves the island-state (the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, Maldives, Cape Verde). Although distant and different from each other, these islands have some common aspects: the use of fish resources and an agriculture focused on the export of agricultural commodities; beauty and biodiversity; the vulnerability due to the erosion of the area and the degradation caused by tourism.


I_16 “Cocoa” (a cluster at Expo Milano 2015): Pier Sandro Cocconcelli (Italy), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan

The product chain of cocoa is interesting and emblematic. It starts from exotic and far countries and ends up in cups, pralines and chocolate bars from all over the world. Globalization, fair trade, exchange, respect for the environment, sustainability: are all involved issues.


I_17 Spain (and Expo Milano 2015): Josè Vincente Boira Maiques (Spain), University of Valencia

For Spain the agriculture and the food production chain are sectors of extreme importance. Geography, agriculture, processing and marketing. Food not only as nutrition, but also as culture, tradition and identity.


I_18 “Bio-Mediterranean” (a cluster at Expo Milano 2015): Cherubino Gambardella (Italy), University “Seconda” of Naples

In Expo Milano 2015 the “cluster” provides an unique architecture for those countries bordering the Mediterranean. The pavilions and the square as a meeting place offer cues, ideas and suggestions on the Mediterranean culture, one of the protagonists of the development of the world history.


I_19 Cancer research (and Expo Milano 2015) Patrizia Brovelli (Italy) – AIRC, Anna Villarini (Italy) – IRCCS Foundation, National Institute for the cancer

Cancer is a disease that depends in large part on the style of life and consequently also on nutrition. A proper nutrition can greatly reduce the risk factors. The Italian Association for Cancer Research stimulates specialized research but also plays an important role in the education for/with schools.


I_20 Cereals and tubers (a cluster at Expo Milano 2015): Ambrogina Pagani (Italy), Guido Sali (Italy), University of Milan

Cereals are the staple food for human consumption, in particular through their three main forms: wheat, rice and corn. The tubers are the second most important human food. The historical development and the food production chain of cereals and tubers offer an extraordinary cross-section of the history of civilization and the current balance of the planet.


I_I21 An “innkeeper” for Expo Milano 2015: Giorgio Barchiesi “Giorgione” (Italy), Host and presenter

The genuine cuisine is always based on the products of own territory (both the traditional ones and those due to globalization in agriculture). The traditional cuisine is also identity: it takes time and reflection (in contrast to the modern frenzy). Then there is the fascination of transforming many different ingredients in a dish to taste.


I_I22 Chemistry and Expo Milano 2015: Emiliano Miriani (Italy), Ordine dei Chimici in Lombardia

The chemistry continues to play a vital role in agriculture and nutrition. It defends the agricultural cultivations, it promotes their development and productivity. It helps to preserve food and to maintain their characteristics. The chemistry itself is never harmful, unless one makes a bad use of it (valid consideration in many other sectors).


I_I23 Sicily: an Italian region and Expo Milano 2015: Alessandra Gentile (Italy), University of Catania

Sicily is an extraordinary laboratory of agriculture, cooking and food quality. Citrus fruits, olive oil, corn, and wine are the most relevant products. Then there are the small niche products of outstanding quality, unique and unrepeatable. Over the centuries, Sicily has been at the crossroads of various cultures and its agricultural production is a witness.


I_I24 Genetics in agriculture: Alessandra Gentile (Italy), University of Catania

For some genetics is the science that promises to revolutionize the way of making agricultural production: improving quantity and quality, feeding better the world. For others, the genetic modification of crops is a danger to fight. Each consumer and citizen of the world should explore these issues and understand their extent.


I_I25 Food and Cultural Anthropology: Piercarlo Grimaldi (Italy), Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche | branch of Pollenzo
Cultural anthropology studies human beings in their culture, in their various forms of expression, in their ability to interpret, through symbols, the world. Among other things, it studies their rituals, within which food plays a strongly identitarian role. Therefore the relationship between man, culture and food is examined.


I_I26 Large grocery store chains: the Auchan case study: Roberta De Natale (Italy), Auchan

Auchan, a French multinational chain of grocery stores, aims at emphasizing local products and reducing waste. It is also committed to working with schools in order to raise awareness about sustainability.


I_I27 Humanism, Schools and Expo Milano 2015: Giacomo Ferrari (Italy), Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale
Every discipline taught at school has some kind of relationship with the Universal Exposition of 2015. Food, with all its implications, can be used to raise the curiosity of children and grownup students, educating them to “critical thinking” and also developing a correct attitude toward the usage of resources. 


I_I28 European Union and Expo Milano 2015: Tremeur Denigot (Belgium), European Union
Head of communications Tremeur Denigot explains the relationship between the European Union and Expo Milano 2015, how the European Union approaches the complexity of Expo themes and its scientific and informative initiatives, including those directed to schools.


List of the interviews abstracts (pdf)